Cloud 9 Minus One


Tolerance My Foot January 19, 2012

One of the biggest canards that we Indians are fond of believing is that we are a tolerant and non-violent people. All school annual day chief guests repeat the myth of our tolerant past. In truth, we are a violent, intolerant and hypocritical lot. Our scriptures propagate the cult of intolerance. (more…)


Damn Family Values January 10, 2012

Religious heads, struggling politicians, demoralized grandmothers, all refer wistfully to something called ‘family values’. This umbrella term is another way of talking about everything that’s ‘good’ and ‘wholesome’ and ‘clean’. Actually, it’s a euphemism for the status quo ante, as it existed a hundred years ago. (more…)


We Are Still Alive December 17, 2011

On the day that the newspaper carried two stories on the same page – the death of atheist author Christopher Hitchens and the abuse of children by the Dutch Catholic Church – we are still alive. We have no business being alive, of course. Reading the newspaper and trying to imagine the horror of defenceless children being repeatedly raped by the very people whom they trusted and held in awe is enough to drive one into the arms of merciful death (more…)


The Perpetual Son Syndrome December 16, 2011

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In the TV show ‘Big Bang Theory’, Sheldon Cooper, that genius physicist, reverts to being a child as soon as he sees his mother. The scene is funny precisely because it is so real. The fact is that our sons never grow up, even when they become fathers. (more…)


In Death Be Good December 14, 2011

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One reason that I wish to die is because after my death, I know everyone will speak well of me. All my faults, foibles, annoying quirks will be brushed under the carpet, and a halo will be lit around my very imperfect head. The Catholics have it right. It’s called canonising. Everyone wants to be a saint, and if death is required for that, so be it. (more…)


Age and Ageing December 13, 2011

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I’m editing the yearbook for our class reunion. We are all twenty five years older.  Most of us look better now than we did then. There are a few reasons for this. (more…)


Million Dollar Baby February 12, 2010

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The character who brought tears to my eyes in CNMO is Ramamurthy. Unlike the others, Ramamurthy didn’t make inside the hallowed portals of the IIM. He isn’t smug, superior or selfish like some of the other characters. He is nice, but always aware that while the others went ahead, he got left behind in the bloody race in India otherwise called ‘a good education’. (more…)


The Missionary Position February 6, 2010

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I don’t know if the missionary position in sex is all that charming. A man lies on top of the female form, practically crushing her with his weight, and expects her to enjoy it. Frankly it is wrong physics. (more…)


The Sexual Being February 1, 2010

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Typically a girl reaches puberty by the age of thirteen, and a boy by the age of fifteen. Puberty is nature’s way of telling us that our bodies are now ready for sexual activity. Society, on the other hand, wants us to wait. (more…)


Brave New Girl January 30, 2010

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A few weeks ago I was giving a lecture on female foeticide at a college in Bhubaneswar. The students had finished their mid-term exams on that day and were in a hurry to go home and relax. But since I had gone all the way from Bombay to give this talk, and wouldn’t be returning any time soon, the college authorities had decided to ensure attendance at my talk through a simple ruse; they closed the exit so that no-one could leave. (more…)